北方人文研究 = Journal of the Center for Northern Humanities - 第6号 = No.6

Vowel Epenthesis in Orok ulisä ‘meat’

ALONSO DE LA FUENTE, José Andrés

Permalink :  http://hdl.handle.net/2115/52617
KEYWORDS : Vowel; Epenthesis; Orok; ulisä; meat

Abstract

The main goal of this brief contribution is to show that the sound correspondence Orok (a.k.a. Uilta) -CiC- : Northern Tungusic -CC- is unambiguous. Orok introduces an epenthetic vowel in order to avoid consonant clusters containing fricative sounds (in analogy to a very similar process taking place in Udihe), hence Northern Tungusic preserves an original consonant cluster that should be reconstructed in the parental language. It is possible to find additional examples of vowel epenthesis in two 19th-centuries Orok glossaries, although they do not correlate well with more contemporary Orok sources.


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